“We must stand up and defend our right to religious freedom!”

April 17, 2012

Bob and I read this statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and we were so filled with the Holy Spirit and love for our country and for our Church, we could not rest until we sent this to you and prayed you would read the bishops’ entire statement, for yourself.  We thought we knew the history of our country, but after reading this statement, we find ourselves hungering to know more – and more- and more! What you see before you are just some small excerpts from the entire statement.  We pray you will be touched as we were and read on – and on- and on!  If you would like a copy of the whole statement issued by the bishops, just let us know and we will be most happy to e-mail it to you.

The word the Lord has been giving us, for the longest time, is – We must unite, one Cross, one Flag, one body of Christ, one Book, one Bible, one truth from God!  We do not remember reading anything like this attack on our First Amendment, in all our years as first children, then as husband and wife, then as grandparents.  Where were these truths so important to the future of our country and our life?  We have had the gift to travel to the four corners of the world, and we have loved all our brothers and sisters abroad, and the places we have researched; but the great truth we came away with is – we are Americans – and we have it the best!

Then we started to study!  What has made our country so precious!  And the more we study, here and abroad, the more we find out why we have come away with this great love for our country.  We want our children and our grandchildren, and those who follow, to learn what their country is about and what has made it so.  There have been times when we wanted to run to another country; but with all due respect, even with her faults, theUnited Statesis the best in the whole world.

The religious freedom the bishops speak of does not affect solely the Catholic Church, and all other Religions, it affects all our freedoms under the Bill of Rights.  It is that which our fathers and grandfathers left everything behind to come to our land of the free; and we have been that land of freedom for the last 200 years.  It is what our brothers and sisters fought for in foreign lands, some losing their lives and others coming home a shadow of their former selves.  We refuse to accept they fought and died for nothing!

At least when a baseball game is about to begin, we can hear our children cry out it is time to salute the flag and sing the National Anthem.  We cannot chime in without seeing our fathers and mothers and grandparents, before us, proudly saluting the flag and/or pressing their hands lovingly on their hearts.  We cannot lose our rights!!  Our families paid too high a price for these freedoms!

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I would like to take this time to share with you parts of the bishops’ “Statement on Religious Liberty.”

“It is by no accident that when the Bill of Rights was ratified, religious freedom had the distinction of being the First Amendment.  Religious liberty is indeed the first liberty.  We must stand up and defend our right to religious freedom, under the First Amendment, which guarantees that Congress will make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

“Recently, in a unanimous Supreme Court judgment affirming the importance of that first freedom, the Chief Justice of the United Statesexplained that religious liberty is not just the first freedom for Americans; rather it is the first in the history of democratic freedom, tracing its origins back to the first clauses of the Magna Carta of 1215 and beyond.

“Chief Justice Roberts illustrated our history of religious liberty in light of a Catholic issue decided upon by James Madison, who guided the Bill of Rights through Congress and is known as the architect of the First Amendment.

“That is our American heritage, our most cherished freedom.  It is the first freedom because if we are not free in our conscience and our practice of religion, all other freedoms are fragile.  If citizens are not free in their own consciences, how can they be free in relation to others, or to the state?  If our obligations and duties to God are impeded, or even worse, contradicted by the government, then we can no longer claim to be a land of the free, and a beacon of hope for the world.

“In his famous ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ in 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. boldly said, ‘The goal ofAmerica is freedom.’  As a Christian pastor, he argued that to callAmerica to the full measure of that freedom was the specific contribution Christians are obliged to make.  He rooted his legal and constitutional arguments about justice in the long Christian tradition:

            ‘I would agree with Saint Augustinethat an unjust law is no law at all.’  Now        what is the difference between the two?  How does one determine when a law is   just or unjust?  A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or             the law of God.  An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral             law.  To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human       law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.’[1]

“It is a sobering thing to contemplate our government enacting an unjust law.  An unjust law cannot be obeyed.  In the face of an unjust law, an accommodation is not to be sought, especially by resorting to equivocal words and deceptive practices. If we face today with the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics inAmerica, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them.  No American welcomes it.  But if it should fall upon us, we must discharge it as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.

“The Christian church does not ask for special treatment, simply the rights of religious freedom for all citizens.  Rev. King also explained that the church is neither the master not the servant of the state, but its conscience, guide, and critic.

“The Lord Jesus came to liberate us from the dominion of sin.  Together with our fellow Christians, joined by our Jewish brethren, and in partnership with Americans of other religious traditions, we affirm that our faith requires us to defend the religious liberty granted us by God and protected in our Constitution.

“What we ask is nothing more than that our God-given right to religious liberty be respected.  We ask nothing less than that the Constitution and laws of the United States, which recognize that right, be respected.

“In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, we know, as bishops, that what our Holy Father said is true.  This work belongs to ‘an engaged, articulate and well- formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture.’

“There is an urgent need for the lay faithful, in cooperation with Christians, Jews and others, to impress upon our elected representatives the importance of continued protection of religious liberty in a free society.  We address a particular word to those holding office.  It does not serve the common good to treat the good works of religious believers as a threat to our common life; to the contrary, they are essential to its proper functioning.  It is also your task to protect and defend those fundamental liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

“Our country deserves the best we have to offer, including our resistance to violations of our first freedom.

A fortnight for Freedom

“Both our civil year and liturgical year point us on various occasions to our heritage of freedom.   Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power – St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More,St. Johnthe Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.  We suggest that the fourteen days from June 21- the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day be a special period of prayer, study, and catechesis which would culminate in a great national celebration of Christian and American heritage of religious liberty.

“The bishops also invite everyone to join them in an urgent prayer for religious liberty;”

“Almighty God, Father of all nations,

For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1)

We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,

the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good.

Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;

By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all

those who live in this blessed land.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,

and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity  of the Holy Spirit,

with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen


[1] Martin Luther King Jr., from “Letter fromBirmingham Jail,” April 16, 1963

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Celebrate Saint Joseph’s Altar With Us

March 9, 2012

Dear Family:

 

That time has come again, when we give special honor to St. Joseph.  We really want you to be here with us for our annual St. Joseph’s Table.  But, you may say, “What’s the big deal?” and “Why do we have to have a special devotion to St. Joseph?”  There are many reasons.  One which affects all of us is that St.   Joseph is the patron of a happy death.

And this is only one of the many devotions and special miracles attributed to his intercession.

Our Special Saints and Powerful Men and Women have all had a devotion to St. Joseph.

But some in particular are:

St. Brother Andre ofMontreal

Brother Andre had such a devotion toSt. Josephthat

he built an Oratory inMontrealin honor ofSt. Joseph.

Whenever those in need came to Brother Andre

for a miracle, he always referred them to St. Joseph!

 

St. Teresa of Avila had a great devotion toSt. Joseph.

She named her first convent afterSt. Joseph.

She said he never let her down.

She made it a practice to place a statue of Santo Nino

and one of St. Joseph in each of the 18 houses she founded.

 

Mother Angelica has always had a great devotion toSt.   Joseph.

She gives credit to St. Joseph for all the good things that have happened to her.

Mother has unceasingly turned to him for his intercession,

believing Jesus has always had a special devotion to His foster father.

 

Bob and Penny, along with Luz and Brother Joseph, unceasingly turn to St. Joseph “St. Joseph has never let us down.  No matter what we ask for, if it’s good for our souls, he helps us to get it.”

 

The Holy House you will see on our grounds here at Holy Family Mission

are because of St. Joseph’s intercession.

 

We want you to be among those who can say

St.   Joseph is their special Saint.

Come and celebrate St. Joseph’s Table on March 17,

at Holy Family Mission.

Everyone is welcome!  Bring family and friends.

Bob and Penny Lord invite you to their website http://bobandpennylord.com


Show me the Power!!

March 8, 2012

Brothers and sisters, we have to get down on our knees and pray. The Catholic Bishops have taken a firm stand. They’re so upset about our Right to Religious Freedom, a First Amendment right, being taken away from the Church that they’re willing to close down all Catholic institutions rather than back down from this obvious unconstitutional abuse by the Federal Government. According to an article in Catholic Culture.org, the leaders of the Church have been denied their rights by two branches of the Government, The Executive which has obviously brought about this problem in the first place, The Legislative – in the form of the Senate, which has struck down a law which would have blocked the Obama mandate. The Judicial – this seems to be the only option left to the Bishops of the United States in having this mandate declared unconstitutional. If that fails, their only option is to make good on their threat to shut down all Catholic employment of any kind. Let me tell you what we’re talking about here. Part of Obamacare, (remember Nancy Pelosi – Let’s sign it and then we’ll find out what’s in it.) states that all religious employers will have to provide and pay for all forms of contraception to their employees, including the Day after abortion pill, Birth control pill, and all forms of contraception. Well, that’s completely against our Faith belief, our religion. And yet we’ve been told, you not only must do it; you must pay for it or be penalized for it. Well, the Church just can’t do this. So after having struck out with two branches of our government, and being on hold with the third, and after much prayer and consultation, our Bishops have made the decision that rather than compromise our faith and morals, we will have no choice but to close down all Catholic Institutions. What does that mean? Close Catholic hospitals, which is a huge problem. I read this article on EWTN’s website, written by a journalist from Fiscal Times that gives just a few of the statistics of what will happen when the Bishops, who are all united in this, close the hospitals down. The cost of shutting down the hospitals would be approximately $100 Billion dollars. The immediate result would be the loss of 120,000 beds. Can you picture that? You think things are bad now in our hospital system? Think about how it would be if we lost 120,000 beds. The journalist drew statistics from the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Catholic hospitals represent 12.6% of all the hospitals in the United States. 15.6% of hospital admissions, 14.5% of hospital expenses. ($98.6 Billion in 2010) Catholic hospitals employ more than 500,000 people. A closure in the hospitals would cause an immediate surge in unemployment. But that’s not the end of the story. In addition, they’re talking about closing down Catholic schools, universities, newspapers, radio and television outlets like EWTN, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, Ignatius Press, Catholic Charities and on and on. There is no way to determine the full extent of the damage that would be done, not only to Catholics, but to Christians as well. Just the income lost from the massive closure of these religious entities is staggering. The unemployment would rise much greater than the 500,000 mentioned above in the closure of the hospitals. So what do you think?

Are the Bishops being unreasonable in their demands that the Federal government keep their hands off our rights to religious freedom? Clearly, the stand they are taking will have a devastating effect on the economy of our country, especially if the Bishops put their plan into effect this year. On the other hand, was it reasonable for the president and senators to trample on our First Amendment rights? I mean, we’ve never had an attack against our religion like this before in this country. And are they willing to stir up this hornet’s nest in an election year? Many people feel that we should just let this go. The reward is not worth the price. We should just appease the Administration, and maybe that will be the end of it. Strangely enough, 76 years ago yesterday, 7 March 1936, Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland, on the strong belief that no one would stop him and he was right. They let it happen. It was just the beginning, but the powers of Europe felt if they just appeased him and let it go, that would be the end of it. Well, we all know how that worked out!!. So what is the answer? The only thing I can tell you for sure is that we have had some very powerful enemies of the Church before, many who went out of their way to try to destroy us, and they’re gone, and we’re still here. We won the battle of Lepanto against outrageous odds by praying the Rosary. We beat off soldiers in tanks in Manila in 1986 by little ladies standing up against them with the Rosary. St. Clare of Assisi was able to turn back an entire army of Saracens who wanted to raid her convent in San Damiano by holding up a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament. Josef Stalin asked the Pope how many battalions he had. You know where Stalin is today. Where is the real power? It’s in the prayer. Pray for our Church. Pray for our Bishops. Pray for our country. Then leave it up to God. He’s always in charge. We love you.

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Do You Believe in Prophecies??

March 7, 2012

I’m not Jewish, so please believe I have no ulterior motive for what I’m about to share with you. I looked at our calendar for today, and it said “Purim.” My daughter asked me what did Purim mean, and so I looked for it on the Internet. The reference I’m going to share with you comes from Judaism101:Purim. The author states that Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays of the Jewish calendar. I come from the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, which, 60 years ago, was very Jewish, and yet I’ve never heard of this holiday. So I delved further. This is where I believe the Prophecy comes in.

In the book of Esther, it is written: “In the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, on its thirteenth day…on the day that the enemies of the Jews were expected to prevail over them, it was turned about: the Jews prevailed over their enemies.” – Esther 9:1 “And they gained relief on the fourteenth (day), making it a day of feasting and gladness.” – Esther 9:17 That feast is called Purim. The significance is that it recalls the defeat of a plot to exterminate the Jews. Now here’s how the story unfolds. Esther was a Jew living in Persia (Iran) in the home of the King of Persia as his queen. The king didn’t know she was Jewish. Her cousin Mordecai, who had raised her was being threatened by a very evil man, Haman, who was the advisor to the king. Mordecai would not bow down to Haman. So Haman was going to destroy all the Jews in Persia. The king gave his okay to this. Remember, he didn’t know that Esther was Jewish, and he loved her very much. To make a long story short, Mordecai convinced Esther to go to the king and tell him what Haman was planning. The king sympathized with Esther and the Jews and the plot was thwarted. Haman was hung along with his sons. Thus brought about a feast which was called “Purim”.

Today, March 7 at sundown, begins Purim in the Jewish tradition. I probably would not have paid too much attention to the feast if it were not for the accelerating tension building between Israel and the United States regarding Iran, modern day Persia, and the threat by their president to destroy all of Israel. And the UN believes Iran is building nuclear bomb capabilities.

Last weekend, Netanyahu and Obama had a meeting. He told Netanyahu that the US had Israel’s back. On Tuesday, yesterday, Obama clarified that he did not mean that he had Israel’s back militarily. So tensions are growing. Netanyahu does not feel so secure about our support for Israel. And yesterday would be the day in history when the Persian who wanted to destroy the Jews was thwarted. Could it be that God has a hand in what is happening?

The reason I mention this so emphatically, is because in the Judaism101 account of Purim, they mention an incident in 1953, where Josef Stalin was going to deport all the Jews in the Soviet Union to Siberia, and the day after the feast of Purim, Stalin suffered a fatal heart attack. The deportation never came about. Coincidence? I don’t think so. We only believe in Holy Coincidence. Is God speaking to His people? Is God in charge? Are the Israelis our brothers and sisters?

Can we help them? We sure can. How do we help them? Pray! The power is always in the prayer. And if you live in a state where there is a strong Jewish population, you might give your congressman or senator a call or e-mail. Tell them you want us to help Israel. We love you!!

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God Is In Charge!

March 7, 2012

Let us imagine our confusion when we appear before God and understand the reasons why He sent us the crosses we accept so unwillingly.  The death of a child willthen be seen as its rescue from some great evil had it lived, separation from the woman you love the means of saving you from an unhappy marriage, a severe illness the reason for many years of life afterwards, loss of money the meansof saving your soul from eternal loss. So what are we worried about?  God is looking after us and yet we are full of anxiety!  We trust ourselves to a doctor because we suppose he knows his business.  He ordersan operation which involves cutting away part of our body and we acceptit.  We are grateful to him and pay him a large fee because we judge he would not act as he does unless the remedy were necessary, and we must rely on his skill. Yet we are unwilling to treat God in the same way!  It looks as if we do not trust His wisdom andare afraid He cannot do His job properly. We allow ourselves to be operated on by a man who may easily make a mistake – a mistake which may cost us our life – and protest when God sets towork on us.

If we could see all He sees we would unhesitatingly wish all He wishes.  We would beg Him on bended knees for those afflictions we now ask Him to spare us.  To all of us He addresses the words spoken tothe sons of Zebedee:  You know not what you ask – O blind ofheart, your ignorance saddens me.  Let Me manage your affairs and look after your interests.  I know what you need better than you do yourselves.  If I paid heed to what you think you need you would have been hopelessly ruined long ago.

Saint Claude del la Colombiere

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What is Separation of Church and State

August 17, 2011

Our Country is Changing?

Family, we usually sign off our programs, articles, and chapters in our books with, We love you!  And very often we sign off this column that way!  But we are so filled with love for you, and from  you in your letters, it is difficult to keep from  saying over and over again, We love you!

Today, as we write about our Popes down through the 2000 plus years of the history of our beloved Church, we find ourselves praising God for the gifts He has left us in our Princes of our Church.  We realize how very intertwined  the world’s history has been with the history of our Church.

Lately, we hear over and over again, the words of the First Amendment – “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; …”

That has been interpreted incorrectly as separation of church and state.  So let us clear up something which has been distorted  to mean, Church is not to interfere with the governing of our country.  Rather our founding fathers never meant the restriction of religion, in matters of our country, but that of restrictions of the government in the matters of religion.  To quote George Washington, first president of the United States “True religion affords to government its surest support.” And then John Adams, second president of the United States “Religion and virtue are the only foundations…of republicanism and of all free governments.”

There has been a concerted bombardment of attacks down through the annals of our Faith and that of all members of Christianity, to wipe out the Name of Jesus in our lives, in our history.

At a National Day of Prayer breakfast on February 3, 1994, Mother Teresa told the Congress of the United States, “…if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” and “..Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”

What does God  have to do  to get our attention?

We are the only country that I know of that has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of our Mother Mary, Jesus’ Mother.  We are the only country founded under God!  We hear on Television that our country is a leader in the world.  It is said, when fault has to be made, “As goes the United States, so goes the world.”  We see the deadly, destructive agenda of men and women who would rob us of our inalienable rights, the greatest of which  being the right to believe in God.

From the very beginning of our country, just a little country at that time, where immigrants fled to have religious freedom, to believe in the one true God, they went through hell, suffering unbelievable deprivations  to live in a land where they were free to worship!  Our courts covet our First Amendment rights for the protection of pornographers, but not for our freedom of religion.

What do we say to them now!!

We want to share a thought we had about three years ago, when we saw the complexion of our country changing, the god of money and selfishness stealthily choking our nation of all moral values we and our ancestors treasured.  One day, frustrated by the blaringly apparent, insidious agenda of chasing God out of the mainstream of our life, we turned to the Old Testiment, when Moses came down from the mountain and found Aaron and the rest of the Israelites worshiping a golden calf.  We didn’t know when or how it would come to pass, but we knew it could be the way our Lord would try to reach His children.

What golden calf?  Well, it’s not a calf but a bull!  We must ask ourselves, have we been worshipping the stock market with its bull?  You say you do not invest in the stock market. Well, I don’t know about you, but it seems this mania of spending money faster than we could earn it, buying houses that we could not afford, the biggest, most expensive cars trading them in for the next year’s model has taken over our society.

I really cannot share the blame, not because of my thrifty nature, but because I am a dispression baby and I saw how hard it was for my parents to bring in enough money to feed us children.  Dinner time, they always passed on eating meat, saying they’d had a big lunch.  I thought they did not like meat as they always put potatoes or pasta, crowded with vegetables on their plates at dinner. But years later when times got better, and their plates took on a different raiment of color and assortment, I realized they had sacrificed for us children.  Till today I have a problem throwing out leftovers we have failed to use fast enough.

We were poor, as most of our neighbors were; but I never felt poor!  My father was out of work six years; my father, with a college education was one of the first to be laid off.  Always partners, Mama went to work in a sweat shop, being paid pitifully little for piece work.  I remember at the end of the Depression, going to visit my mother, for the first time, at the factory where she worked.  I could hardly keep from crying!  My mother and father never cried, never argued, never complained, blaming the government for the state of affairs.  We and our neighbors never marched, except to honor our  Lord and/or His Mother.  Our summers were suffocatingly hot; (there was no air conditioning in those days) we and our neighbors sat on our porches, singing until the wee hours when it cooled down, following the passion and joy of the mandolins and the banjos plucking away.

We were poor; but no one spoke of it, or better yet complained.  We were considered a minority – we were of Itallian descent.  O.K. we worked harder, our parents insisted we go to school and earn honorary diplomas.  We felt we had to work harder to be part of this great society’s family.  And we did!  Why do I tell you of our time during the depression?  So that anyone who thinks they can rob us of the freedoms we worked and scraped and suffered for, it aint gonna happen(brooklyneze).

We, Christians and Jews alike who grew up side by side, may look fat and contented like so many fat cows; but we are all turning to God and not only welcoming Him back, we are worshipping Him as He deserves.  Each evening after we say our evening prayers, we find ourselves begging our Father in Heaven to forgive us our sins and give us back our Nation founded under God.  Do not let godless elements who have taken over our state and federal government take away your freedoms.  Fight for what you believe in.  Vote them out of office.  Pray to God to give us good, moral people to bring our country back to where we were when it all began.  God bless you.  We love you!

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First Alert Bob and Penny Lord Conference October 2011

August 5, 2011

Bob and Penny Lord’s 2011 Conference

A Time for Mercy A Time for Healing Confirmed speakers:Bob and Penny Lord

Father Byron Miller
Shrine of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

Luz Elena Sandoval-Lord

Brother Joseph

 

 

 Full details at http://www.bobandpennylord.com/new_page_2.htm


We Need Your Help!

June 15, 2011
Dear Family:

We need your help!  This is the hardest letter we have ever written.

Like so many of our brothers and sisters,

we have been severely affected by the poor economy over the last three years. 

Although sales of our books and DVDs have increased significantly, bookstores are suffering badly and/or going out of business, which is a major part of our problem.

In addition to all of the above, our donations have been seriously affected.

We have cut back expenses to the bone, eliminating all but those absolutely necessary.

And even with that, our monthly expenses are greater than our monthly income.

The bottom line is we have been draining all our reserves. 

We don’t have enough money to carry us through the year.

We have been brainstorming on ways to bolster our sales.

We have created mini books, centering on one Saint, one chapter from our books,

The cost to the buyer has been considerably less.  And it has been successful! But not enough to cover our overhead.

People ask for catalogs. As we are out, we send them copies of our Good Newsletters, which have our books and DVDs illustrated.  They are hardly a good stopgap.

We receive so many loves letters thanking us for our Good Newsletters. 

But without financial assistance, we will not be able to print new editions.

This ministry is under the banner of Jesus and Mary.  You are part of our work! 

All that we do, and will continue to do, with your help, will bring us out of this crisis.

But we have to turn to you for help.  Can you help us???

We can’t give you a figure of how much money we need.

We know that we need help now, as much as you can give.

If you can help us in any way, it will help to keep us going.

We’ve never written a letter like this before.

If times were not so serious, we would not be reaching out to you now.

We receive countless letters praising our work, pleading with us to do more.

We want to continue evangelize with  books and television programs.

You are part of us.  We cannot do it without your help.

Whatever you can give, give with all your heart and God will bless you.

We love you.

Your Family in Christ,

Bob and Penny Lord, Brother Joseph and Luz Elena

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Free book – Holy Innocence by Bob and Penny Lord

November 18, 2010

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Saint Maria Goretti
Saint of Purity and of Youth, and of the 20th century – Role model for chastity in our world today.


Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Went into ecstasy. Trained to be a Knight, he chose the most physically and demeaning work.


Saint Margaret of Castello Patron of the Unwanted. Unloved and abandoned by her family, till today, miracles upon miracles come about through her intercession.


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Saint Rose of Viterbo Incorrupt body – She went among the villagers of Viterbo, feeding their bodies and souls.


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Bob and Penny’s Message – “I had a dream”

August 18, 2009

Family, we know the Lord speaks to us in many ways.  Throughout the history of our Church and the Lives of the Saints we’ve studied and written about, the Lord has used many forms to talk to us.  We recall in particular reading about the Dreams and Visions of St. Don Bosco.  Most of the important events in his life were prefaced by a dream or vision.  We want to share a dream that I had more than ten years ago.  So then, let us begin.

I had a dream!

This powerful dream I had a long time ago, came back to me, today!  As I pondered on it, trying to figure out why after all this time, it flared up in my mind right now, at this time in our life, and in our church and country, I came to believe it is more apropos and timely today than ten years ago, when I first had the dream.  As I glance through books we wrote as long ago as ten years past, I have the same feeling!  It’s as if time has stood still, and all we are writing about has just come to pass.

Our dreams have to do with God, the soldiers of God, and the enemies of God.  When I first had this dream, I did not know who the enemy was or what he wanted.  All I knew and know now and for all time is God is in charge and although we, His children, are not worthy, our God is listening to our pleas for mercy.  It’s like He loves us because He loves us.  It has nothing, in particular, to do with us.  So Our Lord says just get on with it.  And so, with that on our mind, we want to share our dream with you. I rarely remember a dream; but this one has never left me.  When I first had this dream, I felt a wave of joy and hope!  Now I know the outcome is up to you, God’s children.  We cannot sit back and sink into our easy chairs.

My dream went like this:  First off, let me explain I know very little about sports, football or baseball, but here goes!  My dream opens with a big field, the size of a stadium, with just one thick white line running down the middle of it.  There was a coach on either side of the white line, choosing players.  The players were anxious to get started, straining at the bit.  They were hand-picked by each coach, and instructed to stand on one side of the white line or the other.  But wait, a really curious thing began to happen.  At first, the young players were following instructions, one going to the right and one going to the left, simultaneously.  But then, those players already on the left were acting strangely.  First, they had anxiously run to the side where the coach had called them.  They seemed anxious and excited.  But after a few minutes, they started to leave the left side of the field, walking around the back of the left field, and were joining the players on the right.  This seemed strange.  I looked up at the captain of the team on the left to see if he knew what was happening.  He didn’t seem to realize he was losing his men to the team on the right side.  As I looked closer at the two captains choosing men for their team, I saw the one on the left.  The captain appeared extremely handsome, with blond, curly locks of hair but as I looked closer, I noticed he no longer smiled; he looked angry, ominous!  Then I quickly looked to the captain on the right side of the field.  He looked like St. Michael the Archangel, with the standard of Mother Mary waving beside him.

The sky turned dark.  Ominous black clouds appeared.  Now the field was no longer a playing field, it was a battle field.  And the players were no longer players; they were warriors.  On the right they were carrying crosses and rosaries.  The Lord was preparing His people for a great battle.  On the left they were dressed in battle gear with swords and shields.  Those soldiers who stayed on the left side had decided to become soldiers of the world and its false promises.  Those who had left the fallen one and his side of the field had chosen to become soldiers of God. I wondered why those who had decided to remain on the left did not switch over to St. Michael.  Was it because the captain on the left was so handsome?  And the pep talks he gave them were so great; they sounded so reassuring.  It didn’t matter that they were lies.  He just seemed like such a regular guy.  Recall, family, an article we wrote for the last Good Newsletter, which was entitled, “Beware of Nice Guys” (Good Newsletter Summer 2009 – Page 9)

This dream and the evils that are going on in the world today, have been going on these last ten years, but today, they are being accelerated at an enormous speed.  This confirms that the great battle for our souls and the Church and the world is getting stronger and stronger, and shows no sign of letting up.  Power and position have taken precedence over plain decency and Christian behavior.  We hear things like “Science must take preference over morals.” And “the good of the individual must be sacrificed for the good of the many.”  And then we hear St. Teresa of Avila saying,

“To accomplish the greatest good, the slightest evil must not be done.”

You know what side of the field you must be on.  Listen to the whisper in your ear.  Look for St. Michael the Archangel, or any of the Heavenly Army of Angels.  You will be able to recognize them.  Join them.  Get on their line, and prepare for battle.  Join the gentle revolution.

The end of the song we have adopted, which we play and sing at the end of all of our talks goes like this:

We have seen and we believe

We will share our faith with everyone

You’ll know them by their fruits

You’ll know them by their fruits…We love you!!


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